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Seed storage book

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This is a finished page to store seeds in. Read on to find out how easy it is to make.
 
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Step 1: My old system

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It wasn't much of a system. The "shoebox" method of storing seed packets can become untidy. You need to sort through all the packets to find what you want. By sewing pockets in clear plastic A4 or US Letter sleeves and putting them in a ring binder it is easy to find the seeds you need.

Step 2: Divide the plastic sleeve into quarters

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Use a bright color to make the lines easy to see.

Step 3: Cut bottom openings

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Place a cardboard shield inside the plastic sleeve (I used part of a cereal box), then cut horizontally from the edges to about 12mm (a half inch) to the middle. Make your cut a little bit down from the dividing line.

Step 4: Sew along the lines

Step 5: Insert one seed packet per quarter

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With small seeds such as lettuce or carrots, I sometimes put two packets in each section.

Step 6: Name the seeds

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I used sticky notes but little plastic flags that are sticky on one end would work better, or even folded over tape.

Step 7: Put the pages in the ring binder

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Step 8: The finished seed packet book

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It is easy to see where the various seeds are.

Step 9: An enhancement

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One small problem was that bigger seeds (bean, pumpkin, corn etc) tended to either make their pages sag or fall out the top. I use clothes pins to hold the pages shut unless I'm actually using the book. By having several clothes pins (any clip would work) they can be arranged to keep different pages closed.
DeanAshby1 year ago
Thank you for sharing! I am currently also using the shoebox storage system. At first it was quite neat because all the packets are stored together in one place and they don't get messy. However, after a while, many more packets get accumulated and they all get cramped up together and looks disorganized. I have since used this new storage book system and I love it! My son loves it too as he uses it for his soccer playcards.
wazzup1051 year ago
I think you can even buy the plastic sleeves pre-sown (to be used for photo storage)
ClareBS (author)  wazzup1051 year ago
Great tip, they might even be a little stronger.
expatty1 year ago
Does it only work for Kings Seeds? Not that it matters, most of mine come from the same supplier!
For a newbie gardener like me it would also be a good place to add instructions for the seeds too.
You could always reinforce with duct tape if need be.
ClareBS (author)  expatty1 year ago
That's funny. I mostly use Kings Seeds as they are a New Zealand mail order company with a good range of seeds, good prices and good service but I do have some other bigger seed packets which also fit in the sleeve pockets.
Brilliant solution. Very clever!
ClareBS (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thank you.
Mar HK1 year ago
I was struggling with this problem yesterday! Excellent timing.
ClareBS (author)  Mar HK1 year ago
Until I put the clothespins on the tops I was thinking I needed to use a plastic box but I really like the ease of finding particular seeds. I hope it works for you, post a photo.
jmray1 year ago
Very nice -I can use this for some other items that are hard to sort. Any tips on what type of plastic holds up well...tips on sewing - I image the longest length stiches...seems tricky?
ClareBS (author)  jmray1 year ago
Thanks.
I used plastic sleeves sold in office supply stores. The book won't be stored outside so they should hold up. I sewed with red thread so I could see what I was doing and used the longest length so it wouldn't tear the plastic. So far, so good.
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